EU improves safety procedure biocidal products

EU improves safety procedure of biocidal products

7:21 AM, 31st August 2013
EU improves safety procedure of biocidal products
Janez Potocnik, Environment Commissioner, EU.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: A new regulation on biocidal products applying from 1 September 2013 will significantly increase the safety and simplify the authorisation procedure of biocides (chemicals used to suppress harmful organisms such as pests and germs) used and placed on the market in the EU.

The new regulation is a major breakthrough for the internal market with the possibility to request an EU-wide authorisation for biocidal products, which will allow industry to directly place their products on the entire EU market. The total cost savings for the industry, to be achieved through this simplified and more efficient product authorisation, data sharing and data requirements are estimated to be € 2.7 billion over a period of 10 years.

The new provisions also reduce animal testing by making data sharing compulsory and encouraging a more flexible and intelligent approach to testing. A dedicated IT platform (the register for biocidal products) currently used for submitting applications and recording decisions, will now also be used for disseminating information to the public.

“This regulation is another step toward ensuring that only safe, authorised products are made available throughout the EU. The simplification of authorisation procedures will bring significant economic benefits to companies while ensuring a high level of environmental protection for citizens,” said Janez Potocnik, Environment Commissioner, EU.

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